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Braeval Scott's Select

26 yr. old Glenlivet deserves respect

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@scotchpro1Review by @scotchpro1

10th Jul 2009


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Generally I am not a big fan of Glenlivet although Nadurra has changed by opinion of distillery bottlings, but this is a very nice dram.

Cask strength, distilled in 1973, bottled in 1999

Nose: grapey, fruity Palate: almond, vanilla, cherry, oatmeal, malt W H2O: spicey, apple 80-85

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JonasPothelm commented

In 1973 Chivas Brothers build a new distillery near the village of Glenlivet, in Chapeltown. Glenlivet of course means 'the valley of the river livet', an affluent of the river spey. About 9 miles downstream, another Chivas distillery is located : The Glenlivet, founded in 1858. Both distilleries operate separately and produce their own whisky. Finaly, in 1995, Chivas decided to change the name of Braes of Glenlivet in Braeval, to avoid confussion of both names. So, the one you tasted is diffenitly not a Glenlivet, but a Braeval. In general Braeval ought to contain more honey taste, while Glenlivet is more floral. p.s.: in 2000 the French concern Pernod Ricard bought the Chivas Regal company, ans owns not alone Chivas regal, The Glenliver and Braeval, but also Aberlour, Longmorn, Strathisla, Scapa and Tormore. An answer to the Diageo dominance?

12 years ago 0

scotchpro1 commented


Thanks for your comment. I did know that at one point there were many distilleries claiming the Glenlivet name, but did not realize that this bottling was from what is now known as Braeval. Thanks for the information. Cheers!

12 years ago 0

coin commented

That is true, scotchpro1.The suffix "Glenlivet" was added to lots of malts during that time, some of which weren't even close by a long shot. It was a kind of marketing strategy, since Glenlivet was associated with quality. It is stil possible to find bottles of Aberlour-Glenlivet, as an example.

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